The message from the Chicago Bears before Monday night was how they were changing their game plan.
While some fans felt it was lip service to angry fans, the Bears proved it was a reality.
However, their offense, led by Justin Fields, was doing good during Monday Night Football.
So what changed that had the Bears working to Fields and his strengths?
Bears Gave Fields More RPO, QB Runs, And Play-Action Passes
Anyone watching the Bears this year has seen how uncomfortable Fields is in the pocket.
He’s yet to time pressure around him correctly, leading to costly sacks.
While Fields was sacked four times, he made improvements during the game.
However, it was the play calling of RPO’s, QB runs, and play-action passes that helped him.
The biggest takeaway for me: this was the first time the play calling aligned with Fields' greatest strengths – designed runs, rolling out the pocket and play action.
Imagine if the coaches had done this earlier. Hats off to Getsy and Flus. Reasons to be excited.
— Peter Guy (@Getintothis) October 25, 2022
With the Bears finally playing to the strengths of their young QB, it led them to a monumental victory over the Patriots.
But not everything was perfect about their Monday night win.
Fields’ Passing Stats Aren’t Awe Inspiring
Fields finished the night going 13/21 for 179 yards, with one passing TD and one interception.
While he found success outside of the pocket, he’s still not comfortable in the pocket.
With Fields still having issues in the pocket, defenses can game plan for these plays designed for him.
This means Fields must get some level of comfort passing in the pocket, as his numbers from there are hurting him.
If he does, the solid game fans saw on Monday night might not become a one-time thing for Fields.